Reginald Biggs - civil war dog - oil painting by LindaAppleArt

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Copyright © 2008 Linda Apple
“Reginald Biggs”
Appletree Hollow Fantasy Series
oil on canvas – 6″×8″-
Original for SALE on my Applearts website

I began the fantasy series of “Appletree Hollow” paintings over two years ago. Some of their personal story is based (loosely) on actual historical facts. You can read about the Discovery of Appletree Hollow in 2007 in my latest Journal entry

Reginald Biggs: Infantry soldier in the Civil War
Was born in Germany in 1843 and arrived at Appletree Hollow in 1845, where he learned the cooper’s trade (making large wooden casks) from his father. However, it proved so injurious to his health that he was compelled to seek other means of livelihood.
He became a very proud and determined young man, and on August 14, 1862, at only 19 yrs. of age, he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Sixth regiment, Ohio volunteer infantry, which I assume is when this photo was taken. He served two years, taking part in several prominent engagements, and was captured and held prisoner for a short time. After his return, he became a brakeman on the old Marietta & Cincinnati railroad. In Sept, 1872, while engaged in the always hazardous work of “braking,” he met with an accident, which put an end to his career as a railroader. He rallied, however, and sent himself to learn telegraphy. After mastering this useful accomplishment he worked as an operator for a year, and then abandoned the “ticker” to become interested in the development of coal and clay lands in Jackson and Vinton counties. This finally led him to return to Appletree and build a coal furnace.


blue, brown, civil war, dog portrait, animal artwork, fantasy painting

I have been a painter and sculptor for over 43 years professionally and after all this time, I still love it. It is challenging, makes me think about the world and keeps me connected to life.
My art is a mix of realism and impressionism with a bit of humor thrown in.
I am available for commission work- just ask!

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  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasabout 5 years ago

    Cute Painting!

  • hey steven, this series are so fun to create! thanks!

    – LindaAppleArt

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 5 years ago

    The story! The dog! Oh my! =D
    I always fall for dogs in uniform. :))

  • Of course they look very handsome!!! lol

    – LindaAppleArt

  • murrstevens
    murrstevensabout 5 years ago

    always enjoy dogs in human attire, what character
    also enjoy your all your work, even though I do not always comment

  • HI THERE, I don’t know why I like them as people. Maybe it is because all the dogs I have ever had……..seem like people to me! Fun to make up the paintings too! Thanks!

    – LindaAppleArt

  • Anni Morris
    Anni Morrisabout 5 years ago

    Yes, very handsome ;) ~ Anni

  • DalunE Khoang
    DalunE Khoangabout 5 years ago



  • So cool to get some feedback on this series…….. They are a bit out of the “norm” but I sure have fun making the bits of stories to go with them. Thanks!

    – LindaAppleArt

  • Debbie Roelle
    Debbie Roelleabout 5 years ago

    Fun painting and love the colors and details.

  • Wasn’t sure if you took the “bit different” in the group…….THANKS A BUNCH!!!

    – LindaAppleArt

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerabout 5 years ago

    Greetings Linda; Wonderful, beautiful and creative work you have displayed in your gallery. This is very creative, love the colors ! I must say your work had me laughing, I mean this in a good way, very cute and inventive subjects and settings. All are excellent !

  • Thanks for your comment!! Oh, the laughing is a GOOD thing in my book!!! I LOVE putting a bit of “chuckle” in my work…..I hope you LAUGH a lot at my stuff !! LOL

    – LindaAppleArt

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 5 years ago

    A terrific creation!!!! Great facial expression. Bill

  • Margaret Sanderson
    Margaret Sande...about 4 years ago

    Brilliant work Linda, and a great story. Congrats on the feature!

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateabout 4 years ago

    You are a featured 4/27/10!!! Congrats!!!

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